Current was launched in 2010 as a niche imprint for science books for general readers. Its mandate is to publish provocative, compelling books that explore the newest and most powerful ideas in a wide range of scientific fields, including genetics, astrophysics, neuroscience, computer science, psychology, and evolutionary biology.
Founder, President, and Publisher
Adrian Zackheim joined Penguin Group in September 2001 as Publisher of Portfolio. He then took on the additional challenges of starting Sentinel in April 2003 and Current in March 2010. Previously, he was the Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of HarperInformation, a division of HarperCollins that included HarperBusiness. His editorial career has also included positions at William Morrow, Doubleday, and St. Martin’s Press, and his first job was as Phyllis Grann’s editorial assistant at Putnam.
Among the many bestselling books he edited and published before joining Penguin Group were Good to Great by Jim Collins; Die Broke by Stephen Pollan and Mark Levine; The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams; The HP Way by David Packard; and Swim with the Sharks without being Eaten Alive by Harvey Mackay. He also has a long track record of publishing books by important conservative leaders, including Margaret Thatcher, Newt Gingrich, and Bob Dole.
Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Marketing Director
Will Weisser joined Portfolio as Marketing Director in 2002, before the imprint’s first book was published. In his current role as VP, Associate Publisher, and Marketing Director for Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current, he is deeply involved in all aspects of the publication process, from acquisition to packaging to budgeting. He also oversees the combined marketing and publicity department that serves all three imprints. He began his career as an intern at Simon & Schuster, and went on to various publicity and marketing positions at Pocket Books, Grove/Atlantic, Times Books, and Crown Business. Among the many prominent authors he worked with before joining Penguin Group were Larry Bossidy, Michael Hammer, Marlin Fitzwater, Juan Enriquez, and P.J. O’Rourke.
Kathy Daneman joined Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current in 2013 as Publicity Director. In addition to overseeing publicity for all three imprints, she works directly with prominent authors such as Erik Prince (Civilian Warriors) and Simon Sinek (Leaders Eat Last). Previously, she had been Assistant Director of Publicity at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, where she managed campaigns across all genres for a broad range of authors, including President Jimmy Carter, Michael Cunningham, John Waters, Roy Blount Jr., Dennis Ross, David Rothkopf, Rich Cohen, Sam Lipsyte, and John Wray. She began her career at Beacon Press.
Niki Papadopoulos joined Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current in 2011 as a Senior Editor. She edits a wide range of idea-driven nonfiction, narrative, biography, memoir, investigative journalism, and prescriptive books for readers of business, science, economics, and conservative politics. Her list includes Nick Bilton’s Hatching Twitter, a deeply researched account of the company’s founding; Douglas Rushkoff’s Present Shock, an exploration of how technology manipulates the human sense of time; Seth Godin’s The Icarus Deception; Senator Marco Rubio’s memoir An American Son, which spent five weeks on the New York Times bestseller list; and Ryan Holiday’s national bestseller Trust Me, I’m Lying, which examines how marketers manipulate the media. She also was the acquiring editor of Morrissey’s Autobiography, as part of a unique collaboration between G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Portfolio, and Penguin Classics.
Before joining Portfolio, she was an editor at McGraw-Hill and an associate editor at PublicAffairs. Her past lists have included marketing guru Dave Kerpen’s New York Times bestseller Likeable Social Media; media scholar Evgeny Morozov’s The Net Delusion, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of The Kennedy School of Government’s Goldsmith Book Prize; and Frank Partnoy’s The Match King, a finalist for the FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year award.
Maria Gagliano began her career at Random House and joined Penguin Group in 2006 as an editor for the Perigee and Prentice Hall Press imprints. She then joined Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current as a Senior Editor in 2012. She has helped launch the careers of several first-time authors in business and other categories. Her notable titles include The Art of Non-Conformity by New York Times bestselling author Chris Guillebeau; The Frackers by Gregory Zuckerman; Leaders Eat Last by TED phenomenon Simon Sinek; and How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Dilbert creator Scott Adams.
Maria is also the co-founder and Business Director of Slice, a nonprofit literary organization launched in 2007 to help bridge the gap between emerging writers and the publishing world. Slice publishes a literary magazine and hosts an annual writers’ conference that brings together more than 200 writers, editors, and agents.
Emily Angell joined Portfolio as an intern during the summer of 2008 and again during the fall of 2009. She became an Editorial Assistant in December 2009 and was promoted to Assistant Editor of Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current in 2011; to Associate Editor in 2012; and to Editor in 2013. She has edited the New York Times bestsellers Tap Dancing to Work by Carol Loomis and The Sports Gene by David Epstein, and made major contributions to New York Times bestsellers such as Idea Man by Paul Allen, The Secret Knowledge by David Mamet, Car Guys vs. Bean Counters by Bob Lutz, and Taking People With You by David Novak. She also works with bestselling and award-winning authors such as Erin Arvedlund (Open Secret), Ian Bremmer (Every Nation For Itself), Harry Dent (The Demographic Cliff), Kate Kelly (The Secret Club That Runs The World), and Dan Roam (Show and Tell).
Natalie Horbachevsky joined Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current in 2011, after working as an assistant at a boutique literary agency. She was promoted to Assistant Editor in 2012 and Associate Editor in 2013. She primarily edits business books on a wide variety of topics, including marketing, sales, entrepreneurship, management, leadership, workplace culture, and technology. Her books include New York Times bestseller Earn the Right to Win by New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin; New York Times bestseller SmartTribes by Christine Comaford; 800-CEO-READ Management Book of the Year Joy, Inc. by Richard Sheridan; the biography Jony Ive by Leander Kahney; and Finish Big by journalist Bo Burlingham.
David Esptein, the New York Times bestselling author of The Sport’s Gene, wrote a wonderful Op-Ed in the NYT on the perils of youth sports, noting how “heightened pressure on child athletes to be, essentially, adult athletes has fostered an epidemic of hyperspecialization that is both dangerous and counterproductive.” He’ll also be on NPR’s TED Hour on Friday, July 18.Read more >
PENGUIN GROUP (USA) HAS 7 BOOKS ON THE 2014 PEN LITERARY AWARDS LONGLISTS The 2014 PEN Literary Awards Longlists were announced this week and 7 books published by Penguin Group (USA) are in the running for the following awards: PEN/Monstein-Spiel Vogel Award for the Art of the Essay: The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit (Viking) PEN/O. […]Read more >
Current author David Epistein’s March TED talk, based on his New York Times bestselling books, The Sports Gene, released this week by Current in paperback, addresses this question: Are athletes really getting faster, better stronger? When you look at sporting achievements over the last decades, it seems like human have gotten faster, better and stronger in nearly every way. Yet as Epstein […]Read more >